As human awareness expands and evolves over time, we uncover more fundamental aspects of what it means to be a human being and what it means to be alive, and our values, morality, and sense of meaning, in turn, expand and evolve to include more.
Love might be blind, but she is rarely deaf: Language and love have always been intimately entangled. Indeed Darwin believed love was one of the main ...
Like many of you, I bit on the Up-Goer Five Text Editor. I marveled at "Hamlet" in the ten hundred most common English words. Jumping in, I took the challenge.
Though external chemicals like alcohol can play a part, it's our own brain chemistry that lies at the root of every compulsion. In that sense, all addictions are chemical ones.
And according to a recent study, generosity helps powerful people keep each other in check. By keeping each others' selfishness in check, these "aristocrats" actually free up more resources for the larger community.
God-guided evolution is intelligent design creationism. How many American Christians believe in evolution, as it is understood by science? The data indicate none.
Despite the unknowns in the identity and action of the cr-associated gene in generating the crest, one thing is certain about it: it is a "gene of large effect." Such genes were written out of the mid-20th-century Darwinian synthesis.
Only by knowing Mik-tal's endowment to us can we hope to meet the challenges of the modern world. Our efforts to find our way home begin by knowing where home is, and where we are now. Our efforts to achieve dietary health begin by knowing ourselves.
Unlike scientific claims, beliefs cannot be arbitrated to determine which is valid because there is no objective basis on which to compare one set of beliefs to another. Those two world views are not closer than we think; they are as far apart as could possibly be imagined.
We learn through the study of science that the world is not capricious, that there is a majestic order and beauty that emerges from understanding. Science leads to a more optimistic view of the possibilities of humans. For some it also leads to a greater appreciation of the divine.
Is there a conflict between science and religion? The religious organizations representing most Americans clearly don't think so. Interestingly, the science organizations representing most American scientists don't think so either.
Buddhism has its problems. It originated as an Iron Age mythology and still contains many mythological elements that shouldn't be accepted merely because they are traditional.
In commemoration of Charles Darwin's birthday, we will be reading again about evolution. Much of it will have been said before, many times. Here I am going to try to take a less familiar line and show how Darwinian evolution by natural selection has roots in the atomism of ancient Greece.
In most realms of human endeavor, no one person ever stands out as clearly greater than the other greats in that field. Because so many are great, no one person ever shines brightest. Psychology is an exception -- Charles Darwin does tower over this field.
This particular morning in mid-April was quite chilly, although clear. In fact, the early suffusion of sunlight was promising a day of great beauty. Not that Michelle was listening to such promises. Far too busy. And besides, the climate inside was always perfect.
The vast majority of the planet's seven billion people ascribe to some kind of religious belief -- that is, a faith in things that cannot be proven. This makes no sense from a scientific and psychological point of view.